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COVID-19: Riots erupt in Netherlands during protests over lockdown curfew

COVID-19: Riots erupt in Netherlands during protests over lockdown curfew

Police used water cannons, tear gas and dogs to disperse crowds as trouble broke out in several Dutch cities.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerRiots erupted in the Netherlands over the weekend after a night-time curfew to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was imposed.Anti-lockdown protesters looted stores, set fires and clashed with police in several cities on Sunday, Dutch media reported.Police used water cannon, dogs and mounted officers to disperse a protest in central Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, witnesses said.Nearly 200 people, some of them throwing stones and...

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COVID-19: Moderna to test out jab against South African variant

COVID-19: Moderna to test out jab against South African variant

The UK has 17 million doses of Moderna's vaccine on order, with deliveries due to start in the spring.Vaccine manufacturer Moderna is to test out a jab against the South African variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.The company made the decision after laboratory tests showed a six-fold reduction in the ability of antibodies, produced in response to the vaccine, to kill the new version of the virus.The UK has 17 million doses of Moderna's vaccine on order, with .The lab tests showed that the vaccine was effective against the 'Kent' variant that is currently sweeping across the UK. In...

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Frank Lampard sacked as Chelsea head coach, club confirms

Frank Lampard sacked as Chelsea head coach, club confirms

The club announced the decision despite Chelsea beating Luton Town 3-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend.Frank Lampard has been sacked as Chelsea head coach, with former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel expected to take over.The 42-year-old leaves Stamford Bridge with the club sitting ninth in the Premier League table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.The club announced the decision despite Chelsea beating Luton Town 3-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend.According to Sky sources, former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is set to take...

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Police arrest 320 of UK’s most dangerous child sex offenders since first lockdown

Police arrest 320 of UK’s most dangerous child sex offenders since first lockdown

A Scout volunteer, church youth group leaders, a social worker, teachers and a police officer were among those detained.Investigators have arrested 320 of the UK's most dangerous child sex offenders since the first coronavirus lockdown, it has been revealed.The round-up formed part of a nationwide police operation to target online predators during the pandemic, which has seen internet usage soar, including for home learning with schools closed.It led to a total of 4,760 arrests and saw 6,500 children protected between April and September last year.The figures were released as the Home...

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UK students create 3D-printed coral structures that could rebuild world's damaged reefs

UK students create 3D-printed coral structures that could rebuild world's damaged reefs

Scientists hope they can then attach live coral to 3D-printed backbones, before placing them in the ocean to grow new reefs.Students at the University of Exeter have developed an environmentally friendly technique that could help to rebuild coral reefs.The project, called CalcifEXE, uses genetically modified bacteria to make calcium carbonate, which can then be shaped into coral "backbones" using a 3D printer.The scientists hope they can then attach live coral to the backbones, before placing them in the ocean to grow new reefs."It will be lovely to think that it's going to become a new...

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'Unacceptable' vaccine delays cause frustration across European Union

'Unacceptable' vaccine delays cause frustration across European Union

Supplies of both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are lower than hoped for, causing concern across the bloc.European countries are growing increasingly frustrated with delays in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations.Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca told European Union officials that production problems will result in a 60% cut in deliveries of its Oxford vaccine to the bloc during the first quarter of this year.This means EU member states will receive only 31 million doses during that period.The Republic of Ireland said it may have to slow its vaccine rollout as a result of the...

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COVID-19: UK's 'more deadly' new variant is another cruel twist in the pandemic

COVID-19: UK's 'more deadly' new variant is another cruel twist in the pandemic

AnalysisJust as we were coming to terms with a new variant of the virus spreading quicker, it's now also been shown to be more lethal.This is another cruel twist in the pandemic.Just as we were coming to terms with a new variant of the virus spreading more quickly across the UK, it's now also been .The indications are that the death rate in those infected with the new variant is around a third higher than with the previous version - though the absolute risk of death is still low.Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientist, said with the old version of the virus 10 in 1,000 men aged 60 would...

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COVID-19: Primark predicts £1bn in lost sales if lockdowns persist to end of February

COVID-19: Primark predicts £1bn in lost sales if lockdowns persist to end of February

The discount fashion chain's owner explains the likely financial impact if enforced closures of most stores persist.The owner of Primark has warned it faces losing over £1bn in sales if coronavirus lockdowns force the majority of its stores to remain closed through February.The store-only discount fashion retailer, which has traded well from pent-up demand during the crisis to date when restrictions have allowed, said it was clearly facing a "significant" financial hit.Parent firm Associated British Foods (ABF) has steadfastly refused to trade the Primark business online despite the...

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COVID-19: More action could be taken on borders to prevent variants, PM suggests

COVID-19: More action could be taken on borders to prevent variants, PM suggests

Travellers arriving in the UK must quarantine for 10 days on arrival, and have had a negative test 72 hours prior to departure.More action could be taken on border closures amid the sustained COVID-19 death rate, the prime minister has said.Speaking at Friday's , Boris Johnson said: "I really don't rule out that we may need to take further measures still."We may need to go further to protect our borders because we do not want after all the effort we are going to in this country... to put that at risk by having a new () variant come back in."As he was speaking, one traveller at Heathrow's...

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Essex lorry deaths: People smuggling gang jailed for killing 39 Vietnamese migrants

Essex lorry deaths: People smuggling gang jailed for killing 39 Vietnamese migrants

The victims died when they ran out of air in sweltering temperatures as the trailer was shipped from Belgium to Purfleet docks.The main members of a people smuggling gang have been given long jail sentences after 39 Vietnamese illegal immigrants suffocated in the back of their lorry.Defence lawyers had argued that none of the smugglers had known there were so many men, women and children crammed into the sealed trailer.The died when they ran out of air in temperatures of up to 38.5C (101F), as the trailer was shipped from Belgium to Purfleet docks, Essex, in October 2019.Please use Chrome...

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Haggis launched to the edge of space in celebration of Burns Night

Haggis launched to the edge of space in celebration of Burns Night

Scots celebrate Burns Night on 25 January in celebration of the life and works of national poet Robert Burns.In honour of Burns Night, a packet of haggis has been launched to the edge of space for the first time.Scottish butcher Simon Howie worked with space education and research firm Stratonauts to launch the 454g haggis in Perth and Kinross this month.The haggis was attached to a weather balloon and soared more than 20 miles (107,293ft) above the Earth - equivalent to nearly four times the height of Everest.After taking off from the Simon Howie headquarters in Dunning, it travelled over...

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UK COVID news live – latest updates: Number 10 briefing shortly - as case rates fall in every age group and region

UK COVID news live – latest updates: Number 10 briefing shortly - as case rates fall in every age group and region

BreakingCoronavirus latest: UK records 37,892 daily cases and 1,290 deaths - as Priti Patel leads a Downing Street press conference from 5pm.Key points:UK administers over 360,000 more COVID-19 vaccine first dosesA total of 4,973,248 first doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the UK, according to the latest figure.This is an increase of 363,508 from Wednesday (4,609,740 first doses).Including second doses, 5,437,284 jabs have been administered in the UK so far.UK deaths and new cases fall in latest daily figuresThe UK has recorded another 1,290 deaths within 28 days of a...

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COVID-19: Almost two-thirds of elderly care home residents have been vaccinated, Matt Hancock tells MPs

COVID-19: Almost two-thirds of elderly care home residents have been vaccinated, Matt Hancock tells MPs

The health secretary tells MPs, in total, more than 5m doses of COVID vaccine have so far been delivered to 4.6m people.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerAlmost two-thirds of elderly care home residents have had a COVID-19 vaccine - with vaccinations among all groups occurring at 200 jabs per minute, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs."I'm delighted to say 63% of residents in elderly care homes have now received a vaccination, that is a really significant increase over the last week," Mr Hancock told the House of Commons on Thursday."And we're on track to...

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Madrid: 'Extremely loud' explosion in city centre - at least three people dead

Madrid: 'Extremely loud' explosion in city centre - at least three people dead

The blast was in a residential building near a nursing home and a school, and officials say the cause is likely to be a gas leak.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerAt least three people have died and six others were injured after an "extremely loud" explosion destroyed a residential building belonging to the Catholic Church in Madrid's city centre.The blast happened near a nursing home and a school - and videos and images shared on social media showed rubble scattered in the street.The city's mayor said early information indicated the blast was caused by a gas leak,...

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Sahara desert: Rare snowfall leaves extraordinary pattern on sand dunes

Sahara desert: Rare snowfall leaves extraordinary pattern on sand dunes

The Algerian town of Ain Sefra has experienced snow for only the fourth time in 42 years.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerSnow has fallen in the Sahara desert after temperatures dropped to -3C (27F).Karim Bouchetata recorded the rare event in Ain Sefra, Algeria, with thawing ice creating beautiful patterns on the sand.The Sahara desert, which covers most of Northern Africa, has gone through shifts in temperature over the past few hundred thousand years - but and ice are still very rare.The town in the Naama province has experienced snow only three other times in...

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Jailed Alexei Navalny releases investigation into Vladimir Putin's '£1bn palace'

Jailed Alexei Navalny releases investigation into Vladimir Putin's '£1bn palace'

The critic of the Russian regime was arrested when he landed back in the country this week.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerHe may be behind bars, but the Kremlin has not succeeded in silencing Alexei Navalny.On his first full day , Mr Navalny's team have released a huge video investigation into the construction and alleged slush fund behind what is known as "Putin's palace", a £1bn private residence on Black Sea coast.Calling it "Putin's biggest secret", and his team reveal new details about the sprawling complex near the resort town of Gelendzhik which has long...

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New electric car battery can charge in five minutes

New electric car battery can charge in five minutes

"A five-minute charging lithium-ion battery was considered to be impossible," said StoreDot's chief executive, Dr Doron Myersdorf.A new electric car battery that can be fully charged in five minutes has been manufactured for the first time on a normal production line in China, based on designs by Israeli company StoreDot.The breakthrough could address a significant concern for electric car drivers - the fear of running out of power during a journey, marooning the vehicle for a couple of hours while it charges."A five-minute charging lithium-ion battery was considered to be impossible," said...

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COVID-19: Partygoers claimed they had not heard of the pandemic - as police reveal breaches over the weekend

COVID-19: Partygoers claimed they had not heard of the pandemic - as police reveal breaches over the weekend

Police have branded some of the rule breaches "selfish" and "irresponsible" while the UK is in lockdown.Partygoers who claimed to be unaware of the global pandemic, a group hosting a gender reveal party and people attending an illegal car meet are among the coronavirus rule-breakers caught over the weekend.Police shut down a party in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on Saturday but were told the hosts were "unaware of the global pandemic, as they never watch the news".Other gatherings discovered over the weekend include a gender reveal party in Townhill, South Wales, attended by people from various...

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Bobi Wine: Uganda's pop star politician makes plea to the world after being 'made prisoner in his own home'

Bobi Wine: Uganda's pop star politician makes plea to the world after being 'made prisoner in his own home'

EyewitnessThe presidential contender says the people of Uganda remain "determined" as riot police and soldiers surround his home.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerThere is a road north of the capital, Kampala, that few Ugandans wish to follow.It is a rough, potholed track which leads to the home of the opposition leader, .The 38-year old has not left his home since last Thursday, when he cast his vote in the general election. He came second in the presidential contest after the country's long-time ruler, Yoweri Museveni, took 58% of the vote.Mr Wine's house is now...

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Brexit: Seafood lorries park near Downing Street in protest over new rules causing severe delays at EU border

Brexit: Seafood lorries park near Downing Street in protest over new rules causing severe delays at EU border

Seafood companies have warned they could go under in days as they face long delays getting into the EU, ruining produce.Lorries used to transport British seafood have parked on the roads near Downing Street in protest over delays getting into the EU due to new Brexit rules. More than 20 large lorries from seafood companies across the UK were parked up, with one carrying the slogan "Brexit Carnage" while another said: "Incompetent Government Destroying Shellfish Industry!"Over the past few days there has been a suggestion that drivers will dump their wasted stock outside Downing Street, but...

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Uighur Muslims: New measures by UK to tackle China 'human rights violations'

Uighur Muslims: New measures by UK to tackle China 'human rights violations'

Dominic Raab said there was clear evidence of "internment camps, forced labour, arbitrary detention and forced sterilisation".Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerThe UK government has publicly criticised China's treatment of Uighur Muslims as "barbarism" and announced new measures to stop UK companies trading with Chinese firms connected to forced labour.Speaking in the House of Commons, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said there was clear evidence of "internment camps, forced labour, arbitrary detention, political re-education and forced sterilisation, all on an...

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COVID-19: More people now vaccinated in the UK than have tested positive for virus

COVID-19: More people now vaccinated in the UK than have tested positive for virus

A further 1,295 coronavirus-related deaths are announced, bringing the UK's total to more than 88,000.More than 3.5 million people have been vaccinated against coronavirus in the UK - surpassing the number who have tested positive for the virus, latest government figures show.A total of 3,559,179 people have been given their first dose as of Friday, with 447,261 people having also received their second dose.The vaccination data comes as a further 1,295 coronavirus-related deaths and 41,346 new cases were announced on Saturday.It brings the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test...

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COVID-19: Ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China

COVID-19: Ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China

An expert suggests the discovery is probably a "one-off" and need not be a cause for panic.Ice cream has been found to have been contaminated with COVID-19 in China after three samples tested positive for the virus.Anti-epidemic authorities in north 's Tianjin Municipality are tracing people who may have been in contact with the batches, which were produced by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company.All of the products produced by the firm have been sealed and contained after the samples it sent to the municipal centre for disease control this week tested positive for .Initial epidemiological...

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Joe Biden inauguration: John Legend to Lady Gaga - a guide to the celebrations

Joe Biden inauguration: John Legend to Lady Gaga - a guide to the celebrations

ExplainerOn Wednesday, Joe Biden will be formally sworn in as the 46th president of the United States - part of an inauguration ceremony he hopes will start a national healing process after four divisive years.To that end, and his Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) plan to showcase a diverse America, emphasising "the beginning of a new national journey, one that restores the soul of America and brings Americans together".Watch and follow events on Sky News from 2pm, with the inauguration ceremony starting at 5pm.Here is your guide to the day's events:Star powerRemember 2016, when some...

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Joe Biden inauguration: FBI identifies more than 200 suspects threatening ceremony

Joe Biden inauguration: FBI identifies more than 200 suspects threatening ceremony

Following the violent riots at the US Capitol last week, the FBI is making sure security is ramped up nationwide.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerMore than 200 suspects threatening violence during next week's inauguration of US president-elect Joe Biden have been identified by the FBI.FBI Director Chris Wray said he and his team were tracking an "extensive amount of concerning online chatter", including calls for armed protests leading up to the presidential inauguration on 20 January.In his first public appearance since the 6 January riot at the US Capitol, Mr...

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